Denver, Colo. (June 1, 2011) - International soccer returns to Denver tonight when the Mexico National Team faces the national team of New Zealand in a friendly at Invesco Field at Mile High. Gates will open at 6:30 pm with kickoff set for 8 pm MT. Tickets for the match are still available and can be purchased at the Invesco Field box office or by CLICKING HERE.
The teams combine to bring players to Colorado that are currently playing professionally in 12 different countries, including Spain, England, Sweden, Australia, China, Holland, Scotland, United States, Canada, Japan, and of course, Mexico and New Zealand.
Mexico, which will be playing their last match before beginning the Gold Cup tournament in Dallas on June 5 against El Salavador, tied Ecuador 1-1 on Saturday in Seattle. New Zealand's last match was a 1-1 tie with China in March and they will next play a friendly against Australia, also on June 5.
The two teams last met on March 3, 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, California with Mexico winning 2-0.
NEW ZEALAND ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS: Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers/USA), Glen Moss (Gold Coast United/AUS), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)
DEFENDERS: Andrew Boyens (Chivas USA/USA), Michael Boxall (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN), Michael Firzgerald (Albirex Niigata/JPN), Winston Reid (West Ham United/ENG), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)
MIDFIELDERS: Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets/AUS), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Aaron Clapham (Canterbury United), Simon Elliot (Chivas USA/USA), David Mulligan (Auckland City) Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners/AUS)
FORWARDS: Kosta Barbarouses (Brisbane Roar/AUS), Craig Henderson (Mjallby/SWE), Chris Killen (Shenzhen Ruby/CHN), Shane Smeltz (Perth Glory/AUS), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion/ENG)
HEAD COACH: Ricki Herbert
GOALKEEPERS: Guillermo Ochoa (Club América), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS: Edgar Dueñas (Toluca), Héctor Moreno (AZ Alkmaar/NED), Rafael Márquez (New York Red Bulls/USA), Ricardo Osorio (Monterrey), Francisco Javier Rodríguez (PSV/NED), Carlos Salcido (Fulham/ENG), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Efrain Juarez (Celtic Glasgow FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Christian Bermúdez (Atlante), Israel Castro (UNAM), Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña/ESP), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Jesus Zavala (Monterrey)
FORWARDS: Pablo Barrera (West Ham United/ENG), Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Angel Reyna (America), Giovani dos Santos (Racing Santander/ESP), Elías Hernández (Monarcas)
HEAD COACH: José Manuel de la Torre
Tonight's referee will be Terry Vaughn (USA)